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Board Profile

Deborah Rosati is a valued Corporate Director, an accomplished business savvy Entrepreneur and a Fellow Chartered Professional Accountant with over 35 years of high growth and transformational leadership experience in the Technology, Consumer, Retail, Cannabis, Life Sciences, Private Equity and Venture Capital industry sectors.  Deborah currently serves on the board of directors of TAAL Distributed Information Technologies (CSE: TAAL) (an enterprise blockchain transaction processor) and Khiron Life Sciences (TSXV: KHRN) (a global cannabis medicinal company). Deborah previously served as Vice-Chair and Chair of the Audit Committee of Lift & Co. (TSXV: LIFT). Deborah is also the Founder and CEO of Women Get on Board, a 700+ member-based social purpose company that connects, promotes and empowers women to corporate boards.

Deborah’s work ethic is fuelled by her passion. She is a steadfast champion of business, corporate governance and board diversity through her board leadership and advocacy for her social purpose company to get more women on boards.  She is a change agent who frequently engages through panel discussions, podcasts, articles and eBooks to share her expertise and thought leadership on corporate governance, board diversity, board leadership and entrepreneurship. To learn more about Deborah’s speaking engagements and publications, read here: https://www.womengetonboard.ca/category/deborah-rosati-blog/

Deborah has been honoured with numerous nominations and awards over the years. Recently she was nominated for the Women of Influence, RBC Women Entrepreneur Award and the Women’s ExecutiveNetwork: WXN Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100  in the Entrepreneur award category. She has been recognized as a 2020 Director to Watch and a 2014 “ Diversity 50” candidate. In 2012 Deborah was selected as one of WXN’s Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100  in the corporate director award category.

Deborah’s forward-thinking perspectives, honed from her entrepreneurial achievements and multiple governance leadership roles, make her an exceptionally valued trusted advisor, mentor and board member.

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“Throughout the years, I have found myself being one of few, if not the only, women around the boardroom table … I am often asked by women how I got on a corporate board, so I decided it was time to launch Women Get On Board, a member-based company.

My passion is to inspire more women to lead and serve.”

WGOB and irlabs research of TSX New Listings

September 16th, 2021|Interviews|

In connection with our partnership with irlabs, we analyzed gender diversity on the board of directors for all new listings on the TSX from January 1, 2021 to August 15, 2021 and our results are featured in the Globe and Mail article. Read the full article here: WGOB and irlabs research of TSX New Listings

Top 10 Tips to Help You in Your Journey to a Corporate Board

September 10th, 2021|Blogs|

Being a Corporate Director is much different from being an executive. A Corporate Director’s role is one of oversight, whereas an executive’s role is to manage day-to-day operations. Getting yourself board-ready is a journey where you need to be realistic in the skills, experience and value you bring to a board. It would help if you also were mindful that it is a very competitive marketplace. There is an over-supply of qualified Corporate Directors for a limited supply of [...]

Are You Diversifying Your Board Portfolio?

September 10th, 2021|Blogs|

When I began my board journey, I didn’t consider the importance of diversifying my board portfolio. A board portfolio is the different boards you lead and serve. Similar to your investment portfolio, you should be strategic in developing your board portfolio. It should reflect your risk profile and the stage of your board career. Additionally, you should regularly monitor and review your board portfolio to ensure you are getting a positive return. When thinking of diversifying your board portfolio, [...]

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Deborah, as Founder and CEO of Women Get on Board was instrumental in facilitating my board career by providing advice on criteria’s to be given an opportunity to sit on a board. Deborah has grown WGOB from a Toronto based organization to one that is national. She willingly shares her 20+ years experience of sitting on boards for the benefit of others. She is a mentor, sponsor and promoter of numerous women in their board journey. She provides thought leadership and gives back to her community with the invaluable work on CPA Canada’s advisory committees. I know that my board journey would look a lot different without the support and insight of Deborah and WGOB.”

Wendy Kei, FCPA, FCA, ICD.D, Chair of Ontario Power Generation, member of Women Get On Board, Mentor for the Inaugural WGOB Mentorship Program

Deborah Rosati is Canada’s Connector. She focuses her time, energy, passion, insights and wisdom towards connecting, promoting and empowering women to corporate boards. Deborah unites women and men across the country in an effort to drive diversity and women’s equality in boardrooms. Deborah founded Women Get On Board in 2015, and has since established a community of over 650 women and men who are on their board journey. Through Women Get On Board, panels discussions, podcasts and more, Deborah has elevated the bar for good governance, boardroom diversity, equity and inclusion. Furthermore, through Women Get On Board’s Mentorship program, Deborah is grooming the next generation of corporate directors. Deborah leads with passion and inspires everyone she meets with her relentless energy and commitment to helping people and companies flourish.

Deborah’s authenticity and approach to relationship building is unrivaled in the realm of board diversity and corporate board building.

Alyssa Barry, CPIR, Head of Strategy-Operations and Communications at Artis REIT, Advisory Council member & Sponsor for the Inaugural WGOB Mentorship Program

Deborah has a unique ability to see a need, but then to invest the effort to create a vision and an ecosystem to address the need. We came together with a shared vision of helping accelerate gender parity on corporate Boards. From that shared vision, we co-created and co-deliver the Getting Board Ready program, targeted at women looking to land their first corporate Board seat. I have had an inside view to her passion, her collaborative nature, her willingness to pay it forward, her expertise, and her acute business savvy. A well of ideas, she seems to have a sixth sense on how to brand and market, and is a force to be reckoned with.

Andrea Plotnick, Ph.D, SVP Board and Executive Solutions at LHH-Knightsbridge & Co-Facilitator with Deborah on the Getting Board Ready Program

Deborah is an outstanding change advocate and continually connects, promotes and empowers women for board service. She is an exceptional entrepreneur who is able to apply her training as a financial expert and operational knowledge of the ‘nuts and bolts’ of running a business, to educate and empower her young team. I believe unequivocally that Deborah is a deserving recipient of an RBC Canadian Entrepreneur Award and I am honoured to support her nomination.

Donna Price, Governance Coach
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